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Ask Casa: A Bedroom Update

Dear Casa,

I purchased an Ikea malm bed frame in birch veneer about a year ago. My decor has changed drastically in that year and the bed no longer matches. Do you know of a way to paint or stain the bed, so that it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb?


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Dear PrimpPrimp,

In an earlier post, I wrote about how Danny Seo used iron-on veneer to improve an old table. He had great results, but he was also working with a larger surface area, and it seems as if trying to do so on all of the disparate surfaces of your bed might be really time-intensive. Painting would definitely be an easier option.

If you want to paint your veneer, start your project by first repairing any problems with the veneer. Use wood glue to reattach any peeling veneer. If the veneer is cracked or missing, you'll have to glue on new pieces to ensure a consistent surface. Then, clean the surface with some soapy water and let it dry. Lightly sand the veneer, and then dust it so the surface is clean. You'll need to apply at least two coats of primer such as Kilz low-VOC primer, making sure to sand between coats. Finally, apply two coats of paint, and you're set!

As far as staining veneer, you can only successfully stain veneer if it has solid wood beneath the veneer. In the case of the Ikea malm bedframe, it's made of fiberboard and particleboard, so it's not advisable to stain it.

Hope this helps!

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bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Great ideas.
pkswede pkswede 9 years
Another thing to do is to cover the headboard with a nice wallpaper. Peggy
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
That is a neat bed. Too bad I have such trouble with decorating and picking cool looking stuff out that I wouldn't know what to do with that either. I have cherry furniture that I actually haven't grown tired of in the past 6 years.
ayrie ayrie 9 years
Thanks for the advice. I was actually gonna do the same thing with my Ikea furniture =)
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
As far as changing it ... stain and if you are artistic you could paint something new like edging on that headboard ... that is what I would do...or even a dremel and carve a little lol seems a tad much but I would do it
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
We had something similar ... but just switched because we bought a SelectComfort Bed .... the thing is so high off the ground I swear I need a boost to get on it :rotfl: the good thing is that its a sailor type with the drawers at the bottom which I love love love saves me soo much room! Style wise though Id much rather have the above again ... but the fact that I can now adjust my mattress to wants most comfortable to me is sooo worth it!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I have that same bed!!!
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
I have the same bed but mine's medium brown with the bedside table and the 6-drawer chest.
emalove emalove 9 years
I like your idea, Berlin!
Berlin Berlin 9 years
Uh, forget about staining or painting! Try something really simple, yet chic! Get yourself some batting, a staple gun, and some amazing fabric that matches your decor. Put the batting on top of the headboard, so it is nice and squishy to lean against and looks like a cushion almost, and then put the fabric over it so that it pulls nice and tight, then staple it around on the back. Viola! And best thing about this, you can keep changing the fabric to match any decor or if you just want a new bed!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have a boring one too and a little darker wood then yours. I boght those stick-on mirrors from Ikea and just stuck them in patterns along the front part! And they look so awesome! Everyone compliments them! Find things you can stick on like that! It makes it a lot easier!
JessLehry JessLehry 9 years
I have the same bedframe and the matching dresser and nightstand. I've already grown tired of it and was wondering if there was anything I could do to change, so thanks for the info!
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